Hatachi aquires Metabo

Looks like we might see a bigger sampling of Metabo through Lowes.
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/power-tools/hitachi-acquires-metabo_o.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=jump&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TOTT_120115%20 (1)&hec4d8d422980f163c46356739c05c6eecb92632
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On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 8:15:12 AM UTC-6, Leon wrote:

Well, I don't think that will hurt Hitachi's reputation. From what I see o n the job, Hitachi makes a good, sturdy homeowner type tool at a good price , but that's about it.
However, back in the mid 80's, Hitachi made inroads into the USA about the time we started seeing Makita. BOTH were excellent tools then, and were st rictly industrial quality.
You could buy both brands fairly inexpensively at that time as that was the last gasp of American made tools in any quantity here. I bought my first Hitachi tool then as the American made tools were poor quality, shoddy in c onstruction and their fit an finish was bad. The only American tools I bou ght were Miwaukee, which at that time was 110% made in America. And man we re they expensive.
I bought several Hitachi tools then and they were all excellent performers.
Metabo is know for pretty good tools (NOT Festool quality)from Germany and parts unknown, so no telling what those two are up to. Hitachi and Lowes c ould be good, or could be bad. With so many cheapening up their tools thes e days, I am thinking the bean counters are probably buying the name as muc h as anything, and we will see a "price conscious" product out on the marke t from them.
Will be fun to see what shows up.
Robert
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On 12/4/2015 2:07 PM, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Back in the mid to late 90 and early 2k, used to a see quite a few Hitachi framing nailers on framing crews around here. To the point there was a repair truck that would drive around to sites and replace seals/parts, Haven't seen one in quite awhile.
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I bought my Hitachi framing nailer from Lowes, so the BORG carrying them isn't exactly new.
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